In his inspiring new book, Higher Ground: A Call for Christian Civility, Russell Dilday writes that it is time for Christians to move beyond the squabbles and struggles that characterize much of their interaction with one another these days and set their relations on a more biblical and spiritual path. We need to move beyond the lowlands of caustic controversy to the higher ground of Christian civility.
The purpose of Higher Ground is not merely to point out what’s wrong or to cast stones at expressions of incivility. Instead, each chapter offers a “higher ground” alternative to the most troublesome forms of interaction between us. The book is an attempt to shine the lamp of experience on our history and let it guide Christians to learn a gracious, restrained, and well-mannered civility among one another.
Dr. Dilday’s work is a must read for those wanting practical suggestions on how Christians can have a positive impact on every aspect of life. He has written more than a “how to” manual for Christian civility— this book is a “should do” manual. Drawing from Biblical and historical illustrations, Dilday demonstrates how Christians have made a positive impact on the world and calls us all to build on these examples. He reminds us that as Christians we should respond differently to the challenges and controversies of life because our feet are planted on higher ground.
— Charles R. Wade
Baptist General Convention of Texas
While Russell Dilday was a colleague of mine in theological education I never associated him much with music. Yet, he has taken an old song and infused it with freshness. His music in Higher Ground is a clarion call to Baptist Christians especially to put less emphasis on our adjective and more on our noun. Selah!
— W. Randall Lolley
Former President, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary